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Bryan Preston


November 12, 2013 - 10:08 am

In September, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) was against delaying the Obamacare individual mandate. She also led all her potential GOP challengers by double digits.

But now? The lead is gone, according to a Democrat polling firm.

Incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is near the top of national Republicans’ target list for 2014 — and a new poll shows her lead over her potential GOP challengers has all but evaporated.

Against state House Speaker Thom Tillis, Hagan leads by only 2 points, 44 percent to 42 percent, according to the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. She leads Rev. Mark Harris by 2 points as well, 43 percent to 41 percent, and nurse Heather Grant by 3 points, 43 percent to 40 percent.

Hagan trails physician Greg Brannon, the Rand Paul-endorsed candidate in the race, by 1 point: he leads 44 percent to 43 percent.

That’s a huge difference from PPP’s September poll, which gave Hagan leads of anywhere from 12 to 17 points against all possible GOP challengers.

Not at all coincidentally, it’s Hagan who now wants Obamacare’s botched rollout investigated. She’s really calling for an investigation into how she survives next year’s midterm.

The next shoe drop — the corruption within the Obamacare navigators — has not even been absorbed by the voting public yet. It usually takes a while for a government program to attract graft and corruption, but Obamacare came with both built in.

I’m skeptical of the idea that Democrats will end up being forced to back a repeal of Obamacare. But if other vulnerable Democrats are seeing slides similar to Hagan’s, it could happen. If it does, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi could find themselves desperately defending a rump Democrat caucus by this time next year.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Not sure how much credence I'd give a poll from PPP.

In spite of Subotai Badahur's observations regarding AG Roy Cooper and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, it should be kept in mind that NC elected a Republican governor, and handed over the state legislature to the Republican party as well even though it was an uphill fight - and despite undoubted shenanigans, Obama didn't win the state during the late election.

I'm convinced the PPP poll understates Hagans vulnerability.
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Keep in mind that in North Carolina the Secretary of State is Elaine F. Marshall, a Democrat who has run for the Senate herself. The North Carolina Attorney General is Roy Asberry Cooper, III, former Democrat Majority Leader in their state Senate. One has to assume that Democrat election fraud will be unfettered and abetted. Therefore, any Republican candidate needs to have a 5-10% lead to beat the margin of fraud. And you can be sure that Hagan knows it.

This is good news and indicates an opportunity. But the battle is still uphill.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time
a girl with the spotlight in her eyes
put her vote in line
and said she loved him so

But that was once upon a time
Not so long ago...

Once upon a time
she got behind the "this is free"
Counting all the votes
And waiting for Teh One

But that was Once Upon A Time
Now...the votes are gone

How the freeze, ruffled up the scared
We were dumb and and loved Obamacare

Where...did they go?

Once upon a time
The fraud was sweeter than we knew
Everything was ours
How happy we were then...

But somehow, once upon a time it comes....again
1 year ago
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People act like incompetence grandfathered into a society by identity politics, illegal immigration and racial and gender quotas is some wild theory.

Create an all-female or all non-white literary anthology and it'll be just as good as ever.

That's not the way reality works, and I'm not confident our next generation of fast attack nuke carriers will be created by our new immigrants, 90% of whom are from the failed Third World in the last few decades. A change of scenery doesn't spread success; it spreads failure.

Let's be honest: this ACA and its implementation is the result of sheer stupidity on a level never before seen in America. And it's all because they rushed to put the cart before the horse in the name of class warfare and had god-knows-who in charge of the legalese and website.

Racial and gender diversity in and of itself is king of nothing because it ignores the very real factors of accidental expressions of cultural interest in favor of shoe-horning people into things and places they have no right to other than the fact they look a certain way.

Warnings have given way to reality and we are cooked. Look for more ACA-style exceptionalism coming soon to a theater near you.

Next up: cars built to look like they're fast and speedometers that lie to prove it.
1 year ago
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Begich, Hagan, Pryor and Landrieu will spent the next 12 months desperately trying to outrun the poison they voted to impose on their own constituents.

It will thus be up to those constituents to make sure they don't slip away (along with the individual state GOPs making sure their candidate isn't an unelectable lunatic).
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